Learning Outcomes for Learning Centers

Lesson 1: Learning Centers: Good for Everyone

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • explain the importance of learning centers to child care facilities;
  • name what good learning centers include.

Lesson 2: Starting With Children

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • describe how to create different learning centers to meet the needs of young children;
  • identify what kinds of learning centers fit the characteristics of young children.

Lesson 3: Learning Centers and Lesson Plans

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • list seven steps in creating goal-directed lesson plans;
  • describe how to develop a theme using an integrated learning approach;
  • describe strategies for building lesson plans.

Lesson 4: Physical Resources and Learning Centers

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to

  • explain strategies for setting up primary centers;
  • explain how to manage the use of centers.

Lesson 5: Hands-On Learning

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to

  • explain the two kinds of knowledge children need to obtain;
  • describe the importance of creating situations that are personally meaningful to children, giving children opportunities to make decisions for themselves and act on objects, and giving children opportunities to exchange viewpoints with their peers;
  • list the elements of a good water play learning center;
  • list the elements of developmentally appropriate science experiences.

Lesson 6: Learning with Blocks

After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to

  • describe the developmental skills children can learn from block centers;
  • describe practical guidelines to encourage block play.

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